6 June 05 -
Cutting the Panel
A few observations, and notes how we're gonna do this:
Okay! Let's see how this goes:
- David has templates for the major shapes of hole cutouts - the 2 1/2 inch
holes, 3 1/8 inch holes, and a square for the Dynon. (We're planning on mounting
ours flush, which is what David did as well.) The templates are about 1/8 of an inch
larger than the holes that they are designed to be templates for, but the
router has a guard around the bit that makes it cut 1/8 of an inch inside the template,
so everything should work out okay. Playing around with it tells me that they may be
just a little bit small, but that is okay. Better it be small and we can file/scotchbrite
it out to a larger size than have it be too big a hole right out of the gate.
- When we had been
thinking about the panel I was hoping to do
something pretty similar to a standard sixpack of instruments. Because of the
contraints of the panel and how the sizes are, it looks like the upper left (which
was going to be the airspeed) is not going to fit, and we'll have to put a smaller
hole there. Looks like it's going to be the clock, then, as that's the only 2 1/2
instrument that we've got. Hopefully this will still all make sense as far as
the way the panel is laid out.
Drawing holes on the panel. With the templates that we're using, this is the easiest
way to get the hole in the right place.
Template for the 3 1/8 hole.
Picture for the FAA - yup, that's me.
Panel at the end of the day. We've got a few more holes to cut, but we're
Well, tomorrow we'll try to get the rest of the holes punched in the panel.
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